Tag Archives: Damon Motorcycles

Is Damon Motorcycles Working on an Adventure Motorcycle?

Damon Motorcycles has given us a progress report on the state of their production plant, which is set for a summer completion – and in the ranks of the virtual tour, we noticed a new model chilling in the final product ranks. 

The progress video shows a conceptual view of what Damon’s production plant will look like from the inside, with mock sapiens riding fork trucks, tweaking bikes in their production belt cradles, and walking amongst the plant’s eventual lines of ready-to-ship scoots…

But wait. 

Are those off-roading bikes in there?

Damon motorcycles with their virtual plant tour - and a suspicious percentage of adventure bikes in the ranks. Photo courtesy of Youtube.
Damon motorcycles with their virtual plant tour – and a suspicious percentage of adventure bikes in the ranks. Photo courtesy of Youtube.

A quick screenshot shows three genres of motorcycles laid out for the world to see: Damon’s OG Hypersport range, their newest Hyperfighter model…and a new machine that boasts a higher ground clearance, thinner, (spoked?) tyres and a massive windshield. 

Damon Motorcycles' electric motorcycle, the Hyperfighter, next to the brand's supersport variant, the Hypersport. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
Damon Motorcycles’ electric motorcycle, the Hyperfighter, next to the brand’s supersport variant, the Hypersport. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Talks of a potential adventure bike for Damon aren’t exactly NEW news; our man Jimbo (or Jim Pruner) has mentioned that Damon was asked about a potential Adventure model, to which the obligatory response was that they “couldn’t confirm or deny the plan to build one.”

Indian's refreshed Milestone Apparel Collection, featuring key 'milestone' pieces of history from the brand's legacy. Media sourced from Indian Motorcycles' press release.
Damon Motorcycles' electric motorcycle, the Hyperfighter, next to the brand's supersport variant, the Hypersport. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
Damon Motorcycles’ electric motorcycle, the Hyperfighter, next to the brand’s supersport variant, the Hypersport. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

With a two-bike range and no solid mass production date in sight, we wouldn’t put it past Damon Motors to toss in another bike under the proverbial umbrella of delays and call it a day. 

What do you think?

Damon Motorcycles' electric motorcycle, the Hypersport. Photo courtesy of Damon's Facebook page.
Damon Motorcycles’ electric motorcycle, the Hypersport. Photo courtesy of Damon’s Facebook page.

Drop a comment below letting us know your thoughts on a potential third pledge to Damon’s fleet; be sure to check back at our webpage for updates to this story and others, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Youtube, Damon’s Facebook page, and Damon’s webpage*

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Three Brands Shaking Up the Powersports Industry

The motorcycle industry is constantly evolving. However, the next five years may see some rapid changes. With electrification becoming a more mainstream feature in the wider automotive industry and the necessary infrastructure developing with it, it’s clear that the motorcycle industry will have to rise to a number of new challenges.

Electrification is just one of the many facets of modern motorcycling. With the advent of smart technologies, motorcyclists can be more aware of their surroundings than ever before. New construction materials and methods are being applied to the latest generation of bikes and riding gear. And technologies that were once fun gimmicks are now becoming standard.

We don’t know what the next few years will bring, but we can focus on some brands that are likely to make an impact on the industry in general. You may disagree with our choices—and that’s fine. Whether you agree or not, and whether we end up being right or wrong, it’ll be interesting to see how these brands evolve, develop, or fade away, in the not-so-distant future.

So, let’s get started!

Damon Motorcycles

Damon Hypersport Models
Credit: WebBikeWorld

One of the most exciting brands out there is Canada’s Damon Motorcycles. Like many upcoming electric brands, Damon has made some impressive claims and what’s more, their claims seem to be more fact than fiction. If you’re not familiar with Damon Motorcycles, here’s a quick recap:

Damon Motorcycles is a Canadian EV start-up that was founded in 2017. Over the years, the firm has been able to secure serious funding and recruit some top-tier talent. Not only that, but Damon Motorcycles also acquired the IP of the now-defunct Mission Motor, making it a serious electric motorcycle brand that you need to pay attention to.

In 2019, they pulled the covers off of their Hypersport model. It promised a top speed of 200 mph, 200 horsepower, a maximum range of 200 miles, fast charging times, and a base price of only $24,995 USD.

In terms of base specification, it’s already hard to find any downsides. The charging times are more acceptable, with 45 minutes to reach 80% with a Combined Charging System, 2.5 hours to hit 90% at Level 2, and 15 hours to 90% with Level 1 charging. It’s not even heavy, which is often a problem with EVs, weighing in at around 440 lbs. It even has top-shelf components, such as Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes on the premium “Premier” model.

But all of those features aren’t even the main selling point of Damon’s premium motorcycles.

It’s the on-board tech.

Damon Motorcycles Specifications
Credit: Damon Motorcycles

Damon’s advanced CoPilot system is an amalgamation of sophisticated riding aids and modern electronics. We’re not talking ABS and traction control either—we’re talking about futuristic safety elements. CoPilot relies on sensors, radars, cameras, and modern technology to track moving objects and give riders a 360-degree view of everything that’s going on around them. If it senses danger, it will alert the rider.

Each motorcycle also features an innovative Shift system. This is an electronic ergonomics package that allows riders to electronically control their riding position. Handlebars, pegs, seat height, and screen height can all be adjusted electronically, allowing for a custom ride experience.

It’s the safety element that Damon’s bosses are really interested in. According to an interview with the company’s boss Jay Giraud, a heavy focus on safety was necessary to secure investors, and it’s a strategy that has paid off. Not only has he secured funding, but he’s also attracted the right target market.

“Half the people ordering are under the age of 40,” explained Giraud. “It really speaks to product-market fit.”

At the moment, it’s too early to tell how well Damon Motorcycles will perform on the market. However, the brand has highlighted exactly how much electric motorcycle you can get for a reasonable price. The competition will have to work hard to innovate and keep up with Damon in the years to come. Will Damon be able to dominate the electric motorcycle market? Again, it’s too early to tell—but whatever happens, they’ll have given their competitors something to think about.

Harley-Davidson

Jochen Zeitz - Harley's new CEO posing with a Livewire
Credit: Motorbikewriter

And now we leap from one exciting and forward-thinking company to another that prides itself on heritage and nostalgia. It’s Harley-Davidson, of course. You’re probably wondering how a brand like Harley-Davidson could shake up the industry, and under normal circumstances, we’d also be scratching our heads. But something has happened to HDs high-command that gives us reason to believe that big things are in the works.

In March 2020, Jochen Zeitz took over the role of CEO at HD. He’s been on the board since 2007 and headed Harley’s Sustainability Committee since 2011. If you’re not familiar with Jochen Zeitz, he’s a very successful businessman with plenty of career highlights. In 1993, at age 30, he became the CEO of PUMA. At this time, the brand was in decline and faced serious financial difficulties. Thanks to a bold restructuring plan with a long-term vision, Zeitz was able to save the brand and increase its share price by 4000%.

With Zeitz at the helm, it’s clear that Harley-Davidson may be expecting something of a revolution. Currently, the brand has surprised critics by releasing or previewing a number of exciting new models: the LiveWire, the Pan America, and the Bronx.

Harley-Davidson Pan America Side View
Credit: Harley-Davidson

The first is an innovative electric motorcycle, the second is an impressive adventure-touring motorcycle, and the third is an aggressive streetfighter. While opinions have been split, there’s no doubt that Harley-Davidson is actively testing the waters and feeling out other areas of the market. With an aging ridership and without younger riders replacing the outgoing generation of Harley-riders, the brand has found itself at something of a crossroads.

Even so, it seems that Zeitz’s business plan won’t be resting its hopes on new models. According to the man himself, his bold “Rewire” strategy will focus on smoothing out the company’s operations and making everything “lean and efficient” using “broad cost and cash savings measures.”

By streamlining operations it’s hoped that Harley will be able to continue developing desirable motorcycles and remain classed as a premium brand. It’s a bold strategy, especially as many brands have diversified to include smaller, budget-conscious models. For Harley, it seems like staying in the premium bracket is a high-priority.,

“We’ve always said that market share right now doesn’t really matter simply because we have to focus not on volume but on desirability,” Zeitz explained.

Whatever happens, it’s clear that Harley-Davidson is going to make some pretty big waves over the next few years.

Forcite MK1 Smart Helmet

Forcite Helmet Worn By Rider
Credit: WebBikeWorld

Not all industry brands that are shaking up the industry are motorcycle manufacturers. Motorcycle gear is just as important to a rider as their motorcycle, and in recent years motorcycle helmet technology has really advanced. The promise of the Skully AR-1 may have dissolved into nothing, but there’s more to the modern helmet scene than one brand. In Ireland, there’s a firm called Koroyd with a fantastic invention that could replace traditional MIPS liners. But we’re not here to talk about that.

Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection

Instead, we’re excited to look at what Forcite is bringing to the table.

Forcite is an Australian helmet manufacturer with big plans. Their pioneering helmet, the MK1, has already sold out—and it hasn’t gone into full production yet. It claims to be the world’s first real smart helmet, one that would blow the Skully AR-1 out of the water, using modern construction materials and serious technology.

In short, the MK1 is a carbon fiber helmet with an innovative bamboo-fabric liner, a UV400 rated sun visor, with anti-fog coating, and plenty of ventilation. Currently, it has European ECE certification and Australian certification for road and track use, with US certification on the way. As an analog helmet, it’s already impressive. But it’s the level of built-in technology that truly elevates it above the competition.

The lid features an integrated 166-degree wide-angle camera that records 1080p/60 FPS, which can store up to 5 hours of riding footage, with regular autosave intervals. It also boasts built-in WiFi for easy file uploads, and for practical communication reasons.

Bluetooth is also included, with removable speakers and a pair of noise-canceling microphones for seamless audio capture, and for bike-to-bike communication, courtesy of the helmet’s built-in communication system. The communication system works using the internet though, and not Bluetooth.

If that wasn’t enough, the Forcite MK1 also includes built-in GPS and a number of other sensors that delivers information to navigation and geo-tagging system. There’s no heads-up display, but it alerts the rider and gives information via the audio system and LED lighting within the helmet.

Forcite Helmet Anatomy
Credit: WebBikeWorld

So what does all of this mean?

It means that the likes of SENA and Jarvish have got a serious competitor. And as the industry leans towards smarter helmets, with built-in communication devices and Bluetooth-to-smartphone communication equipped as standard, every helmet manufacturer will have to start innovating and deploying their own solutions. So far, SENA has managed to dominate the communications market, and helmet manufacturers have been happy to provide device-sized recesses in their lids to accommodate third-party gear. But those days may be coming to an end.

As riders demand more technology in their helmets, the market may shift toward all-inclusive smart helmets like the Forcite MK1, rather than helmets built to accommodate third-party gadgets.

The motorcycle industry is continually evolving, and now with the advent of autonomous driving, AI technologies, the abundance of IoT (internet of things) technology, super light, and super strong construction materials, and more, the industry’s next evolutionary leap is expected to be quite a big one. Whether these brands will be riding the crest of that evolutionary wave remains to be seen—but they’re worth keeping an eye on, just in case.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Damon Hypserpsort electric has 320km range

Damon Hypersport electric motorcycle has launched with some impressive 200 figures: 200Nm of torque, 200mph top speed and 200 miles (320km) of “real-world” range.

The Canadian start-up won the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Award last week and claims their Hypserport is the world’s “smartest, safest, and most powerful electric motorcycle”.

That’s not quite right. The 200hp Lightning LS-218 has a top speed of 218mph (351km/h) while the Energica Evo and Ego have 400km of range.

Damon smarts

However, it probably is one of the smartest and safest bikes around, as well as the most adaptable.

Among its attributes are the ability to scan its surroundings to warn the rider of hazards and transform to suit the rider’s style with handlebars, windscreen, seat and footpegs that move.Damon Hypersport Premier and HS

Orders are now being taken with pricing from $US24,995 (about $A36,350).

There are two models, the Hypsersport Premier which is limited to 25 and the Hypserport HS.

The Premier adds Brembo brakes, Ohlins suspension and a carbon-fibre swingarm.

Both have the same performance, less than three hours charging time on level 2 chargers and 320km of highway and city riding range.

The Vancouver company unveiled their Damon X prototype based on a Yamaha R1M in October 2018.

In July last year, Damon Motorcycles CEO and founder Jay Giraud demonstrated their patented collision avoidance system at TechCrunch Sessions in California.

Party tricksDamon Hypersport electric motorcycle

Apart from the bike’s electric performance, the party tricks are their “Shift” adaptive rider position and“CoPilot” collision avoidance system.

Making this bike more versatile than any other, Shift will change rider position from commute mode to sporting mode at the touch of a button on the handlebar.Damon Hypersport Premier and HS

CoPilot uses sensors to lock on to dozens of objects 360º around the motorcycle.

“It intuitively know what’s around you at all times by tracking and warning riders of danger through haptic feedback on the handlebars, integrated LEDs on the windshield, and an always on 1080p rearview rear-facing camera,” they say.

It also comes with 4G connectivity and 1080p cameras front and back.Damon X electric motorcycle transforms

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Damon electric bike transforms for rider

The Damon X electric motorcycle not only scans its surroundings to warn the rider of hazards, but also transforms to suit the rider’s style with handlebars and footpegs that move.

Damon Motorcycles CEO and founder Jay Giraud will demonstrate their patented collision avoidance system at TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility in San Jose, California, on 10 July 2019.

Their Advanced Warning System for Motorcycles (AWSM) uses sensors to locks on to dozens of objects in 360º around the motorcycle.Damon X electric motorcycle transforms

It send alerts via 5G to the rider of oncoming threats via visual cues on the instrument panel that looks more like a tablet.

Damon X electric motorcycle transformsAlerts are also sent via their patented haptic vibration in the handlebars.

The sensor array tracks the speed, direction and velocity of up to 64 objects at once to anticipate an accident.

There are also temperature and moisture sensors to detect changing road conditions. 

Damon X transforms

Another interesting feature is how it transforms via electronically powered adjustable ergonomics to match road conditions.

At the touch of a button the handlebars move up or down and the footpegs can adjust to rear set pegs.

“We built what every rider dreams of: a motorcycle that can adapt to the changing road conditions, perfectly suited for inner city commutes, winding back roads and everything in between,” Jay says.

“Having a Damon motorcycle means having an upright commuter bike, a forgiving touring bike and an exhilarating sport bike, all-in-one.”

Test ridesautonomous automated Damon X safe motorcycle industry

Damon Motorcycles will follow its unveiling with a public tour of North America.

Major police forces are also scheduled to test ride and pre-order Damon’s 360º Advanced Warning System for Motorcycles (AWSM) for their fleets.

There is no word yet on whether the bike will be available for sale to the public or how much it would cost.

However, Damon recently raised $US2.5m in seed funding for their technology which may find its way into other motorcycles.

The company has scheduled test rides for motorcycle manufacturers to consider factory integration on their next generation of motorcycles.autonomous automated Damon X safe motorcycle industry

Safer future

Jay says the inherent danger of motorcycles was hampering its future and safer bikes like the Damon X may save motorcycling.

He predicts a future “where the idea of rider accidents being inevitable and unavoidable will be a thing of the past, along with external valve gear and pulley transmissions”.

“Such unheard of levels of safety brings with it a potential for cataclysmic change within the entire motorcycling community, from manufacturer to commuter,” Jay says.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com